Chicago Fire Ties League Mark with 15 Consecutive Games Unbeaten at Home
CHICAGO (Sunday, May 27, 2001) - With a 1-1 draw on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Chicago Fire matched the league-record for consecutive games unbeaten at home with 15 matches. The streak equals the record set by San Jose last season. The Fire began the streak on May 24, 2000, with a 4-3 win over Dallas and is 13-0-2 over the duration of the streak. Including the MLS Playoffs and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is unbeaten in their last 22 matches at Soldier Field (20-0-2). With the draw, San Jose remains in first place in the Western Division at 5-2-2 and 17 points. The Central Division-leading Fire (4-2-2, 14 pts.) will look to extend their streak on Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Galaxy (4-3-2, 14 pts.) posted a home win on Saturday, defeating the New England Revolution 2-0 to end the Revolution's three-game winning streak (3-7-0, 9 pts.). The Galaxy were led by goalkeeper Matt Reis who is now 4-0-2 on the season after recording his third shutout. The Galaxy got goals from Ezra Hendrickson and Cobi Jones in the win.
Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned Player of the Week honors in posting two shutouts on the week - both in road matches. The league-leading Fusion, with two goals from Diego Serna, cruised to a 4-0 victory on Saturday at their in-state rival Tampa Bay Mutiny, who fell to the bottom of the league's standings at 2-6-1 for 7 pts. The Mutiny were without several regular starters due to injuries and suspensions and had to play rookie striker Ali Curtis out of position in the defense. On Wednesday, Miami defeated the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, in Denver.
The Rapids (2-6-2, 8 pts.) bounced back to earn a point from a thrilling 3-3 draw at Columbus on Saturday. The Crew (2-3-3, 9 pts.) are now 1-0-1 since Greg Andrulis took over as interim head coach.
In the other mid-week matches the Kansas City Wizards (4-4-1, 13 pts.) defeated the MetroStars (6-3-1, 19 pts.) on a late goal from newly-acquired striker Onandi Lowe and the San Jose Earthquakes took three points on the road with a 2-0 win over the Dallas Burn (3-4-1, 10 pts.). D.C. United (3-4-0, 9 pts.) did not play a league match during the week.